World According To Studs Terkel, The [world Service]

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01The Documentary20170301

A look the strikingly relevant worldview of Studs Terkel, American broadcaster and celebrated chronicler of American life.

01The World According to Studs Terkel - Part One - The Documentary20170301

The US radio host who interviewed everyone from Bob Dylan to Martin Luther King

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Who didn't Studs Terkel interview during his tenure as America's leading radio host and oral historian? And where didn't he visit, in reality or in his imagination.

For 45 years, Studs hosted a radio show on Chicago's WFMT, interviewing all the key figures in cultural life in the latter half of the 20th Century. His passion for music, theatre and literature was matched only by his engagement with politics and the social upheavals of the era, particularly civil rights. Black-listed for his association with Martin Luther King, he was an early champion of artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Maya Angelou and a young Bob Dylan and of ‘under-dogs’ and outsiders, ranging from Muhammad Ali to Woody Allen to Simone De Beauvoir.

But Studs Terkel was more than a celebrated chronicler of American life – in books of oral history about music, the world of work, race relations and the American Dream. As is revealed through extracts from his archive and from interviews recorded by Alan Hall in the years before his death in 2008, Studs came to embody the liberal conscience of America, extolling a worldview that feels strikingly relevant in the era of President Trump.

Part one focusses on Studs’ interest in social action and political commitment including Martin Luther King, Bertrand Russell and Simone De Beauvoir.

Image: Studs Terkel, Credit: Falling Tree Productions

02The Documentary20170308

For 45 years, Studs hosted a radio show on Chicago's WFMT, interviewing all the key figures in cultural life in the latter half of the 20th Century. His passion for music, theatre and literature was matched only by his engagement with politics and the social upheavals of the era, particularly civil rights. Black-listed for his association with Martin Luther King, he was an early champion of artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Maya Angelou and a young Bob Dylan and of ‘under-dogs’ and outsiders, ranging from Muhammad Ali to Woody Allen to Simone De Beauvoir.

But Studs Terkel was more than a celebrated chronicler of American life – in books of oral history about music, the world of work, race relations and the American Dream. As is revealed through extracts from his archive and from interviews recorded by Alan Hall in the years before his death in 2008, Studs came to embody the liberal conscience of America, extolling a world view that feels strikingly relevant in the era of President Trump.

Episode Two includes interviews with writers and musicians among them, Erica Jong, Jonathan Miller, Tennessee Williams and James Baldwin.

(Photo: Studs Terkel, Credit: Falling Tree Productions)

American broadcaster Studs Terkel’s world-view through archive and a rare interview

02The World According to Studs Terkel - Part Two - The Documentary20170308

American broadcaster Studs Terkel\u2019s world-view through archive and a rare interview

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

For 45 years, Studs hosted a radio show on Chicago's WFMT, interviewing all the key figures in cultural life in the latter half of the 20th Century. His passion for music, theatre and literature was matched only by his engagement with politics and the social upheavals of the era, particularly civil rights. Black-listed for his association with Martin Luther King, he was an early champion of artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Maya Angelou and a young Bob Dylan and of ‘under-dogs’ and outsiders, ranging from Muhammad Ali to Woody Allen to Simone De Beauvoir.

But Studs Terkel was more than a celebrated chronicler of American life – in books of oral history about music, the world of work, race relations and the American Dream. As is revealed through extracts from his archive and from interviews recorded by Alan Hall in the years before his death in 2008, Studs came to embody the liberal conscience of America, extolling a world view that feels strikingly relevant in the era of President Trump.

Episode Two includes interviews with writers and musicians among them, Erica Jong, Jonathan Miller, Tennessee Williams and James Baldwin.

(Photo: Studs Terkel, Credit: Falling Tree Productions)